- Section Name:
- Southern Florida
- Jeff Beals
- Daytime Phone:
- Evening Phone:
Southern Florida Section Contact Information
Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW 561-252-6707 email@example.com
Assistant Section Manager
Affiliated Club Coordinator Steve Lowman, N4SGL firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Observer Coordinator Al Flapan, KN4FA email@example.com
Assistant OOC Marshall Paisner, K4MAP firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant OOC Harry Newell, N3HN email@example.com
Public Information Coordinator Dan Fisher, AI4GK firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant PIC Sherri Brower, W4STB email@example.com
Section Emergency Coordinator David Fowler, K4DLF firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant SEC Jeff Beals, WA4AW email@example.com
Section Traffic Manager Phyllisan West, KA4FZI firstname.lastname@example.org
Section Webmaster Bill Laakkonen, N4BKT email@example.com
State Government Liasion Sherri Brower, W4STB firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Coordinator Don Drennon, N4TZH email@example.com
Assistant Section Managers
District Emergency Coordinators
Gold Coast District Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties
Asst. SM Marty Falk, KI4IQZ firstname.lastname@example.org
District EC Jeff Beals, WA4AW email@example.com
Treasure Coast District Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties
District EC Steve Lowman, N4SGL firstname.lastname@example.org
Space Coast District Brevard & Osceola Counties
ASM/DEC Ray Kassis, N4LEM email@example.com
Gulf Coast District Collier, Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties
Asst. SM Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ firstname.lastname@example.org
District EC Thom Street, N5KFR email@example.com
Recent SFL Field Organization Appointments
Broward County Marty Falk, KI4IQZ ASM, Gold Coast
Hendry County Gary Striker, KB4K TS
Indian River County Sherri Brower, W4STB SGL & Asst. PIC
Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ ASM, Gulf Coast
PR-101 Graduates Richard Hillyer, W2RWH
Jeff Beals, WA4AW
Amateur Radio Week in Florida June 23-29, 2014
Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed June 23-29th as Amateur Radio Week in the State of Florida. This proclamation coinsides with the annual ARRL Field Day exercise. Our thanks to Gov. Scott for recognizing the valuable resource that Amateur Radio provides to the citizens of Florida.
Pete, N8PR wins June QST Cover Plaque Award
The winner of the June QST Cover Plaque award is Pete Rimmel, N8PR, for his article “A Portable Two-Element 6 Meter Quad Antenna.”
Pete will receive his award at the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford, CT next month.
The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the July issue today.
Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and Palm Beach District ARES sign Memorandum of Understanding
The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday, 11/25/13. The MOU outlines the commitment of the two agencies to work together to prepare for and respond to emergencies. ARES provides a critical link in emergency communications to shelters, emergency operating areas, the EOC, and CERT teams to highlight a few. “We are thrilled to formalize our relationship with ARES through this MOU, which will contribute to a heightened state of disaster readiness for the County,” said Bill Johnson Director of Palm Beach County, FL Division of Emergency Management.
David Fowler, K4DLF, SFL SM / PBC DEC signing the MOU at the Palm Beach County, FL Division of Emergency Management offices.
Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014
A bill with bipartisan support has been introduced in the US House of Representatives that calls on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions. HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” was introduced on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the proposed legislation. The bill’s sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It has initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT). If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC, within 120 days of the Bill’s passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1 coverage to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.
“There is a strong federal interest in the effective performance of Amateur Radio stations established at the residences of licensees,” the bill states. “Such stations have been shown to be frequently and increasingly precluded by unreasonable private land-use restrictions, including restrictive covenants.”
The 11-page PRB-1 FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order is codified at §97.15(b) in the FCC Amateur Service rules, giving the regulation the same effect as a federal statute. In short, PRB-1 states that local governments cannot preclude Amateur Radio communications; they must “reasonably accommodate” amateur operations, and the state and local regulations must be the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate governmental interest. Subject to those guidelines, municipalities may still establish regulations with respect to height, safety, and aesthetic concerns.
For 28 years, FCC regulations have “prohibited the application to Amateur Radio stations of state and local regulations that preclude or fail to reasonably accommodate Amateur Service communications,” the bill points out, “or that do not constitute the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate state or local purpose.” Since PRB-1 was enacted, the FCC has said several times that it would prefer to have some guidance from Congress before extending the policy to private land-use regulations.
HR.4969 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.
ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is a principal advocate for the current legislative initiative to gain PRB-1 recognition for CC&Rs. Lisenco said the most urgent task now is to get additional co-sponsors to sign onto HR.4969.
Visit our SFL Section Website
Surf to www.sflarrl.org to get additional info about our section & it's activities. Take a look at the site and if information about your county is missing or outdated, ask your EC or Club President to send the information to our Webmaster, Bill, N4BKT. His email is support@avatava.NET
If you need more detail on Section officials and District & County Emergency Coordinators go to www.sflarrl.org.
Please check the Affiliated Club listing and update the contact name, phone number, e-mail and web site address. You won't get new club members is your club can't be contacted and the meeting sites can't be located. Also, be sure to appoint a club PIO in order to have local media outlets contacted for meeting dates and club events.
Hamfests and Free Fleas
Any hamfest, no matter what size may request ARRL sanctioning. Please see: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/hamfests/rules.html for hamfest and convention rules
See: http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/checkers.html for the list of ARRL awards checkers. If you wish to have an awards checker at your hamfest these arrangements must be made by the hamfest committee and the cards checker.
If you wish to have cards checked at a location other than a hamfest contact the card checkers directly
*** for details on submitting cards for DXCC awards go to: http://www.freewebs.com/fecdx/dxcccardchecking.htm
"A great hamfest is usually one that you find something you wanted or something you thought you would never see," says Bill, W2CQ.
08/09/2014 | Ft. Pierce ARC Hamfest
Location: Ft. Pierce, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ft. Pierce Amateur Radio Club
08/16/2014 | Southeastern Division Convention (Huntsville Hamfest) - "REGIONAL ARRL CENTENNIAL EVENT"
Location: Huntsville, AL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Huntsville Hamfest Association
10/10/2014 | Florida State Convention (Melbourne Hamfest)
Location: Melbourne, FL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society
11/15/2014 | Free Flea
Location: Coral Gables, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Flamingo Net ARC / University of Miami ARC
01/17/2015 | Fort Myers Annual Hamfest
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club
01/30/2015 | 2015 Miami Tropical Hamboree
Location: Miami, FL
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Dade Radio Club of Miami
Location: Stuart, FL
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Martin County Amateur Radio Association
Section policy has been and will continue to be: if health, family or work matters interfere with an appointee performing the duties of the appointment he/she may step aside without hard feelings and may apply for an appointment at a later date when the other matters are settled.
Amateur radio in many areas receives a lot of favorable press and praise from government officials for their work during and after the storms. Why? Because there were PIOs (Public Information Officers) working with ARES to get the information out in real time and the PIOs were available to the media. Where does your ARES group stand in this area?
Need to know who your ARES® Emergency Coordinator is? When the traffic nets are held? Hamfests throughout the area? How to complete the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) report? Go to: www.sflarrl.org
Need traffic handling procedures? Need information about ARES® and RACES functions? Can't find information on your individual traffic count for your Station Activity Report? Go to: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/index.html
I will be happy to mail traffic handling information to anyone interested... Just ask. de KA4FZI@ AOL.COM
SFAN (Saturday at 8AM local, 3.940MHz ), Net Manager is Thom, N5KFR.
All ECs are encouraged to check into these nets or send an OES representative if you cannot join the net. All ARES members are welcome to join the nets.
If your weekly net and local repeater has IRLP or Echolink check-in available please let Phylisan KA4FZI and us know. Also advise the ARES EC in your county and the neighboring counties. This information could be useful during disasters.
If you are going out of town for more than a few days when the season is quiet or more than 48 hours with a system beginning, please notify your local EC. Time is of the essence when a phone tree is activated or when members are phoned after they do not check into a resource net. And, especially if you can't deploy to a shelter or to another area, please offer your time to phone members, enter logs into a database, provide route directions, or other at-home activities. Everyone can do something.
Check into a net - better to learn how now than during a disaster!
FMSN (FL Medium Speed CW Net) 3.651 Daily 6:30 PM
QFN (All FL CW Traffic Net) 3.547 Daily 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM
FAST (FL Amateur Sideband Traffic Net) 3.940 Daily 6:00 PM
FMTN (FL Midday Traffic Net 7.242 Daily 12:00 Noon
FPTN (Friendly Phone Traffic Net -- FL AL GA) 3.940 Daily 7:55 AM
NFAN (North FL ARES Net) 3.950 M-S 9:00 AM
NFPN (North FL Phone Net) 3.950 Daily 5:30 PM Winter 6:30 PM Summer
SFAN (South FL ARES Net) 3.940 Sat 8:00 AM
TPTN (Tropical Phone Traffic Net) 3.940 Daily 5:00 PM
SEFTN (Southeast FL Traffic Net) (2 meter) 146.610- Daily 6:00 PM
SWFTN (Southwest FL Traffic Net) (2 meter) 146.685 M-S 10:00 AM
http://wx4j.com -- A great place to check for other ARES/NTS info
Does your club have a Publicity Chairperson? Is there a Public Information Officer for your ARES group? Are these people actively promoting amateur radio on an ongoing basis and are they known at the EOC by the county or city PIO? For more information read the e-magazine "Contact", at www.arrl.org/pio. For more info, contact our PIC, Dan Fisher, AI4GK at firstname.lastname@example.org
Say Hello to your world with Amateur Radio. Get on the air, talk up ham radio, be an Elmer to a new ham & support your local club and ARES group.
Southern Florida Officials
Section ManagerJeff Beals WA4AW
Technical CoordinatorDonald P. Drennon N4TZH
Assistant Section ManagerRay Kassis N4LEM
Official Observer CoordinatorAlbert Flapan KN4FA
Affiliated Club CoordinatorStephen G. Lowman N4SGL
State Government LiaisonSharon Brower W4STB
Assistant Section ManagerLawrence W. Zimmer W4LWZ
Public Info CoordinatorDan Fisher AI4GK
Section Emergency CoordinatorDavid L. Fowler K4DLF
Section Traffic ManagerPhyllisan West KA4FZI
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